In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that our government has a coordinated, strategic response to safeguard the public’s health, protect consumers from emerging dangers and ensure people can still participate fully in our democracy.
A group of U.S. senators led by Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) have introduced the COOL Online Act, which would give online shoppers more ways to spot potentially dangerous products that don’t comply with U.S. safety standards. The bill also would require web retailers to state the country of origin for products sold on their platforms.
The high price of college textbooks remains one of the most significant out of pocket expenses for students, and there has been little measurable improvement in key textbook affordability measures over the last six years.
On March 12, Gov. Tony Evers took action to protect Wisconsinites from price gouging amid the coronavirus pandemic. In the weeks prior, our national network's PIRG Consumer Watchdog team found a four-pack of Purell selling for $159 on Amazon, and now WISPIRG is calling directly on companies, including Amazon, to institute stronger price gouging policies.
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On Monday, the U.S. House approved H.R. 5332, the Protecting Your Credit Score Act of 2020 (Gottheimer-NJ). U.S. PIRG joined other leading advocates of credit reporting reform in a support letter to the House last week. The bill takes a number of steps to make it easier to fix credit reporting errors.
WISPIRG's Summer Program Associate Christina Zordani explores some Americans' negative associations with public transportation, and what it would take to overcome this stigma.
As of today, consumer complaints to the CFPB set a third straight monthly record in May, with 35,093 complaints reported. Complaints about credit reporting lead by far, followed by debt collection, credit card and mortgage complaints. Job and income losses during the pandemic are hitting families hard.
Public health experts are starting to draw actionable lessons about the nature of how COVID-19 spreads. In addition to maintaining best practices –physical distancing, mask wearing and hand washing – it’s best to avoid extended, crowded indoor gatherings.
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In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, we’ve taken steps for all of our staff to work remotely for safety reasons. But rest assured, we’ll keep advocating for you as we work for a healthier, safer world.